This is my, “Wow I’ve worked out a lot of tightness today and I still have a ways to go face”😳. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️
Foam rolling, @rollrecovery, a ball (I use a tennis ball), and the infamous stick are all good ways to stretch out and break up your fascia! I’ve recently been introduced to this amazing tissue, so I thought I’d share some of my newfound knowledge with you all (I’m a geek who digs this kind of stuff🤓). Here goes:
▪️Fascia is a thin collagen sheath of fibrous tissue that encases pretty much everything! It wraps, divides, and permeates your muscles, your blood vessels, your organs, and your nerves. Everything is encased in it! It’s continuous webbing! Pretty cool!
▪️Your fascia gets rigid and adhesions in it from all sorts of things- dehydration, overuse, sitting for long periods of time, etc. ▪️
▪️To keep your fascia happy (which means keeping you more mobile and running injury free) you need to treat it well! Drink lots of water, take frequent breaks if you have a desk job to get up and move, stretch it out, roll, massage, take warm baths, and mix up your workouts so that you get varying movement and the fascia can stretch in new directions.
▪️Your fascia transmits pain and sensory receptors. When it’s in a state of distress, the fibers thicken to protect the muscle below. If you can’t pinpoint why your achy or tired or stiff- it could be your fascia that needs some TLC.
There ya have it- another cool thing about our miraculous bodies (which in my opinion are pretty dang awesome)!